US envoy urges Chinese cooperation on emissions cuts
US climate envoy John Kerry called on Beijing on Sunday (Nov 20) to "accelerate progress together"...
US climate envoy John Kerry called on Beijing on Sunday (Nov 20) to "accelerate progress together" on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, following a meeting with his Chinese counterpart at COP27 in Egypt.
Kerry and Xie Zhenhua met during the UN summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed at a G20 summit in Indonesia last week to resume collaboration on fighting climate change.
Beijing suspended the talks in August in anger at US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
Cooperation between the superpowers is key in the fight against global warming and has led to breakthroughs at past UN climate conferences, notably the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
"The climate crisis in fundamentally a global - not a bilateral - issue," Kerry said in a statement.
"The United States and China should be able to accelerate progress together, not only for our sake, but for future generations," Kerry added.
"All nations have a stake in the choices China makes in this critical decade ... We are all hopeful that China will live up to its global responsibility."